COUNCIL NEWS IN 5 / Thursday 19 January 2023

Australia Day Family Gathering at Mossman Pool

TAKE the kids along to Mossman Pool on January 26 to jump on and splash around an inflatable obstacle course.

Douglas Shire Council is partnering with the Rotary Club of Mossman to provide the free community event featuring a sausage sizzle, classic lamingtons, live entertainment, and other free family activities. The event will run from 11am to 3pm.

Mossman Pool staff will again float the popular Aqua Glide to help people beat the heat and celebrate Australia Day.

Council will also host the 2023 Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony at the Port Douglas Community Hall on Thursday 26 January.

Mossman & Port Douglas Friends of the Hospital Foundation will host the free barbecue breakfast from 7.30am.

All events are open to the public.

Upgrades to Newell Beach & Cooya Boat Ramps

DOUGLAS Shire Council’s Civil team has installed much needed solar lighting at the Newell Beach boat ramp.

The new lights improve visibility for boat users at night when launching and retrieving vessels.

The boat ramp also has new raised markers on both lanes to help guide users down the ramp.

Over in Cooya, local boaties are also enjoying a new wash down pad, new tap and a testing station for water quality at the popular launch area.

New bitumen was laid on the approach road and turning circle last year, reducing dust impact and improving the physical amenity of the site.

Image Credit / Douglas Shire Council

Right Royal King Tides This Weekend

THE Douglas Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) is encouraging residents in low-lying and coastal frontage areas to take precautions ahead of this weekend’s king tides.

Residents in areas prone to minor flooding during high tides are encouraged to move valuables and their cars to protect them from the saltwater.

Low lying areas, particularly around Mowbray Street in Port Douglas, may be impacted.

King tides will reach a peak of 3.33m at 9.44am on Sunday.

Friday 20 January

Low / 0.30m 1.28am

High / 3.12m 8.16am

Low / 1.02m 2.29pm

High / 2.32m 7.58 pm

Saturday 21 January

Low / 0.17 m 2.13am

High / 3.27 m 9.00am

Low / 0.94m 3.14pm

High / 2.36m 8.46pm

Sunday 22 January

Low / 0.12m 2.58am

High / 3.33m 9.44am

Low / 0.92m 3.59pm

High / 2.35m 9.33pm

New Opportunities to Work with Council

DOUGLAS Shire Council has listed a number of job opportunities available for energetic and collaborative people.

Senior Asset Officer / Accountant

Local Laws Officer (Identified)


Kiosk Attendant (Casual)

Port Douglas Markets Assistant (Casual)

To learn more visit

FairPlay Voucher Incentive to Get Local Kids Up and Active

ROUND 8 of the ever popular FairPlay vouchers opens 25 January 2023.

This program provides vouchers up to $150 to support children to get active.

The vouchers can be used for sport and active recreation membership, registration or participation fees with registered activity providers.

Check your eligibility and further information at

Participating local clubs include Coral Coast Judo, Douglas Shire Branch of Little Athletics, Douglas Squash and Tennis Club and Mossman District Gymnastics Club.


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